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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has described today's home showdown with in-form Tranmere Rovers as the "hardest game of the season."

Colchester United's midfield crisis shows no sign of easing, although Ben Stevenson has suffered no reaction to his recent groin injury, and fellow midfielder Tom Lapslie has at least returned to training.

Colchester United correspondent Carl Marston assesses the chances of the U's finishing the season in the League Two play-off zone.

Colchester United produced one of their best performances of the season, inspired by some electric displays from their many attackers, to completely outplay Newport County on Saturday.

Ben Stevenson has graduated from being one of the least experienced central midfielders in Colchester United's squad, to becoming the most experienced fit midfielder, within the space of just a few weeks.

Colchester United's Tom Lapslie will be out for at least another three weeks, while fellow midfielders Harry Pell and Brandon Comley are still struggling with injuries, ahead of Saturday's home clash with Newport County.

Colchester United are unbeaten in four matches, with two wins and two draws, but they can afford no let-up against improving Swindon Town today.

The Colchester United midfield duo of Harry Pell and Tom Lapslie are both back in training, after their respective hamstring injuries.

Carl Marston's Talking Points from yesterday's 1-0 home win over Macclesfield Town

Colchester United's Tom Lapslie would play every day of the week, if he could, which is why the last 10 days without competitive action has been so frustrating.

Colchester United correspondent, Carl Marston, awards his U's Player Ratings (out of 10) following yesterday's 1-1 home draw against Exeter City, when Sammie Szmodics' superb 67th minute opener was matched by Jayden Stockley's scrappy equaliser just two minutes later.

Colchester United face a real test of their automatic promotion credentials when they take on fellow top-six side Newport County in South Wales this afternoon, not least because they are weakened by injuries, suspension and unavailability.

Colchester United writer Carl Marston's U's Player Ratings after yesterday's 1-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup.

Video Carl Marston's U's Player Ratings

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Colchester United correspondent Carl Marston awards his U's Player Ratings (out of 10) following yesterday's 1-0 home win over Swindon Town. Sammie Szmodics scored the winner in first-half stoppage time.

Colchester United inflicted a third defeat of the season on league leaders Lincoln City, to cement their position in the top seven, and confirm their billing as promotion candidates.

Video Carl Marston's U's Player Ratings

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Colchester United correspondent, CARL MARSTON, awards his Player Ratings (out of 10) following yesterday's fine 1-0 home win over Lincoln City.

Colchester United correspondent, Carl Marston, awards his U's player ratings (out of 10) following yesterday's 3-1 home win over Crawley Town.

Harry Pell has played a big part in Colchester United's terrific start to the season, but the influential midfielder insists that his new club have done "absolutely nothing yet."

Tom Lapslie is making good progress on his comeback from knee surgery.

Brandon Comley is set to go straight back into Colchester United's starting line-up, after returning from an exhausting round trip to Montserrat at the beginning of this week.

Brandon Comley is only just getting over his jet-lag, following his marathon round trip to Montserrat and back, but he can't wait to return to the Colchester United fold against East Anglian rivals Cambridge United this weekend.

Colchester United are showing all the hallmarks of a side who can be serious promotion contenders this season.

Two of Colchester United's most experienced players are facing up to life on the sidelines for the next few weeks.

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Needham Market are set to give a debut to new recruit Tariq Issa, signed on loan from Colchester United this week, for tomorrow's match away at Alvechurch.

Colchester United writer CARL MARSTON awards his U's Player Ratings after yesterday's 2-1 home defeat to Northampton Town.

Colchester United's down-to-earth boss, John McGreal, insists that it is "just a start for us," despite Tuesday night's sensational 6-0 demolition of Crewe Alexandra.

Brennan Dickenson spearheaded a wonderful team performance from Colchester United, bagging a first-half brace in an emphatic 6-0 home win over Crewe tonight.

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Colchester United writer CARL MARSTON's U's Player Ratings from yesterday's fine 2-0 home win over Port Vale.

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